At the other end of the spectrum (no pun intended) it's also not uncommon for families to demand a diagnosis for their children as an aid to getting extra educational support.
Obviously it would be nice to have the recognition of what makes you different ?
I haven't watched the program so this might be a stupid question, but what would an adult hope to achieve from diagnosis with Aspergers/high functioning autism etc? Assuming that they are a 'functional' member of society (such as Chris Packham or Rory Bremner...)
Obviously it would be nice to have the recognition of what makes you different but I'm not aware of any treatment being necessary or appropriate?
I've always suspected a lot of religious people are far over on the autism/aspergers scale. I think it must be past experience of vicars and the likes with really odd accents and pronunciations.
I saw the Rory Bremner one recently, and heard the Chris Packham one the night before last (I only saw snippets because I had my head in the fireplace grouting the new hearth). Thought provoking stuff, and kudos to them for talking about it so honestly. I got the impression that neither of them would be interested in being 'fixed', and recognised that their conditions had likely helped them in their respective careers. I got the feeling they both had developed coping mechanisms and seemed content with their lives. The Americans convinced Aspergers could be cured were particularly scary.
My daughter was diagnosed with possibly Aspergers syndrome. She couldn't sit through the Griffith's test and it was suggested she had ADHD. So it wasn't confirmed but we know that she is somewhere on that spectrum - everything fits the description and all the professionals involved with her agree.
To cut a long story short and with the help of the speech therapist and various people in the education service that pushing for a diagnosis when we knew what we needed to do as parents to assist her was and is probably a waste of time. What didn't we know at that point that we needed to? Nothing really.
So we decided that we wouldn't push her through the Griffith's test and we would not seek medical intervention for the ADHD.
Finally, the paediatric occupational therapist did some aptitude and attention tests with her. From the right angle; in other words, at school, in the morning where she is settled and will have the most focus. This confirmed our belief that she hasn't got ADHD as environmental and circumstantial triggers can affect her behaviour the POT was very good and 'Tricky' did well in a number of balance, logic and dexterity tests. There was nothing to suggest that she had ADHD.
Now we have been referred to CAMS to help us deal with triggers that results in unruly or aggressive behaviour. It's almost always born out of frustration. If she is happy, she can be a star and display altruism and can anticipate need in a way few children of her age do.
She's generally a very happy little girl and she is thriving in a well supported learning environment and learning at a rate that has surprised everybody. She is in a learning support group in the morning and main-stream school in the afternoon.
People push for a hard written diagnosis often for applying for benefits. We don't get any financial assistance and do not want to go down that route.
I cannot thank enough the various professionals that are and have been involved in her development thus far. As long as the structure is there to support her at school, she'll continue to do well but at the end of the day, it is our responsibility to do our utmost for our daughter at home, at weekends, during activities etc and provide the structure that she can colour in. The discipline is therefore in the parent, not the child.
My brother on the other hand is Autistic and that's a completely different ball game. His main problem is a lack of social skills. The system (and my father) failed him in many respects but he is a lot older and things have changed fundamentally as regards to the attitudes towards people on the Autistic spectrum thankfully.
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